A Progressive Approach to Discrete Trial Teaching: Some Current Guidelines

Justin B. LEAF , Joseph H. CIHON, Ronald LEAF, John McEACHIN , Mitchell TAUBMAN


Discrete trial teaching (DTT) is one of the cornerstones of applied behavior analysis (ABA) based interventions. Conventionally, DTT is commonly implemented within a prescribed, fixed manner in which the therapist is governed by a strict set of rules. In contrast to conventional DTT, a progressive approach to DTT allows the therapist to remain flexible, making in-the-moment analyses and changes based on several variables (e.g., individual responding, current and previous history). The present paper will describe some guidelines to a progressive approach to DTT. The guidelines presented here should not be taken as a set of rules or as an exhaustive list. 


Applied behavior analysis, Autism; Discrete trial teaching; Progressive ABA

Paper Details

Paper Details
Topic Special Education
Pages 361 - 372
Issue IEJEE, Volume 9, Issue 2, Special Issue: Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD): Approaches to Training, Teaching, and Treatment
Date of acceptance 01 November 2016
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Justin B. LEAF

Autism Partnership Foundation, Endicott College, United States

Joseph H. CIHON

Autism Partnership Foundation & Endicott College, United States

Ronald LEAF

Autism Partnership Foundation, United States


Autism Partnership Foundation, United States

Mitchell TAUBMAN

Endicott College, United States


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